The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award honours students who have contributed to their communities through outstanding citizenship, leadership, public service and voluntary endeavour.

Each year, eight young Albertans receive a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Performing Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the performing arts. Each year, one young Albertan receives a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the visual arts. Each year, one young Albertan receives a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.


The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award

Alberta high school students who received the Premier's Citizenship Award are automatically nominated for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award.

Every Alberta high school may nominate one student each year to receive the Premier's Award.

Visit Premier's Citizenship Award for nomination information. Deadline to apply is June 1, of every year.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

Alberta high school students interested in either of these awards apply directly through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Award recipients

2017-18 Citizenship Award Recipients

  • Thomas Banks from Edmonton
  • Julia Caddy from Calgary
  • Jess Francis from Drumheller
  • Emili Gubskaya from Calgary
  • Hebatullah Iftikhar from St. Paul
  • Samiha Sajida from Edmonton
  • Sean Sander from Lethbridge
  • Nick Yang from Edmonton

2017-18 Arts Awards Recipients

  • Anna Luth (Forseth) from Calgary (Visual Arts)
  • Taylor Yanke from Calgary (Performing Arts)

Recipient biographies

Recipient biographies are listed below alphabetically by last name.

Thomas Banks

Strathcona High School, Edmonton - Thomas is a student with a commendable history of voluntary service in government and civil society. Thomas serves on the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Edmonton Public School Board Student Senate, of which he was a founder, where he advises and advocates on policy affecting youth. He is a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Justice Canada Youth Action Committee. Thomas also serves charitably as an organiser of Canada's leading secondary school fundraiser, the Strathcona Initiative, and as a volunteer at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Mustard Seed, and Aga Khan Foundation.

Julia Caddy

Bishop Carroll High School, Calgary - Julia is a highly motivated, dedicated individual who cares about her community. She has demonstrated her passion and leadership abilities in a number of student-led clubs and committees including: the Bishop Carroll Health and Wellness team, Healthy active Schools Symposium, Ted Ed, Improv, Drama, and Advanced Acting. She has assisted with several community initiatives such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital Youth Council and the National Kids Help Phone Youth Council. Julia has a strong passion for Mental Health advocacy. This has led to her taking on roles as a blogger, public speaker, youth council member, and mental health ambassador. Julia was even featured as an “Inspiring Albertan” who spoke about mental health on CTV (March 2017).

Anna Luth (Forseth)

Visual Arts Award, Calgary - Anna completed her second year as a drawing major at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2017, and in 2018 relocated to Vancouver, entering her third year of study at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her practice is developing into a diverse exploration of mediums, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. She is very passionate about music, she plays guitar, sings, and is also a song writer.

Jess Francis

Drumheller Valley Secondary School, Drumheller - Jess is an exemplary student and citizen who is keen on community involvement and activism. Jess has worked on community initiatives by volunteering at Drumheller Valley Secondary School’s annual seniors’ dinner. She has displayed a global focus during her involvement with the Morgan Jayne Project (dealing with HIV/AIDS awareness in the developing world). She was a school representative at Calgary’s annual WE Day initiative, as well as an anti-bullying activist. Jess has used her love of the arts to highlight historical empathy and citizenship during Remembrance Day celebrations.

Emili Gubskaya

Sir Winston Churchill High School, Calgary - Emili has volunteered countless hours of her time. She has been involved in HIV scientific research and received various awards at debate and science fairs (Canada wide). Her motivation for volunteering comes from a willingness to help, try new things, meet new people, and the enjoyment she has had from all her projects and activities. Emili’s a natural born leader who loves and respects people.

Hebatullah Iftikhar

St. Paul Regional High School, St. Paul - Heba is a self-motivated and conscientious individual who is not afraid to dig in and get the work done. Heba has volunteered with the St. Paul Health Care Centre/J.P. Decosse Continuing Care Centre assisting elderly, sick, and disabled residents. The residents describe Heba as compassionate, caring, patient, and gentle. Heba has also been involved with the Girls Guides of Canada and has dedicated her time to multiple school groups including: the science club, Santa’s Elves, and outdoor club.

Samiha Sajida

Ross Sheppard High School, Edmonton - Samiha likes to help people. Samiha would like to become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and work in women’s health. She aspires to give back to areas where many cannot afford health care by setting up charity clinics in India and Bangladesh. She has mentored inner city youth at the YOUCAN Youth Services-Edmonton Branch and developed program activities to deal with conflict resolution. She volunteered for Alberta Health Services where she worked as a Recreational Therapy and Dementia Care Assistant. In 2016, Samiha won a scholarship to attend the IB Student World Conference in Denver, Colorado. In March, she gave a Tedx Youth speech on the topic of global food waste.

Sean Sander

Catholic Central High School, Lethbridge - Sean is always ready and willing to serve his community, whether it be launching a composting program at his school, developing a therapeutic garden with Indigenous youth, serving on his city’s Youth Council, or mentoring youth with addictions. He demonstrates social entrepreneurism by running a small business selling aquatic plants and fish. He uses the profits to buy aquariums for community organizations. Sean coaches younger teams and shares his commitment to health and wellness through his work in the school’s Fitness Centre and with the Big Brothers and Sisters organizations. He was one of five Alberta students who travelled to South Africa on the Change Your World Youth Leadership Tour; this experience helped him broaden his understanding and interest in international affairs as well as reinforced his commitment to building a better world.

Taylor Yanke

Performing Arts Award, Calgary – Taylor is a Calgary-based youth who has trained for over 11 years towards becoming a professional ballerina. She is the first Canadian girl to be accepted full time into the Academie Princesse Grace Winter Internship in Monaco. She has also performed as a soloist for Jeunesse Classique Ballet, a Calgary-based pre-professional ballet company.

Nick Yang

Lillian Osborne High School, Edmonton - Nick created a club at his school so that he and his peers had an avenue for social change. The Nurturing Community Foundation (NCF) organizes inner city book drives, prepares meals at homeless shelters, collects and sorts food at the food bank, and collects bottles for the Cerebral Palsy Association. He also organized an afternoon of sorting and preparing emergency packs at the Zebra Centre for abused children. Nick has been a summer camp leader for the Step-Up City of Edmonton Day Camps and assisted seniors at the Devonshire Care centre with technology. Nick was hired as a general executive member on Science Expo Alberta with a focus on the programming and business development portfolios. He played an integral role in the Edmonton Lab Tours event for high school students. He was instrumental in successful youth engagement opportunities with his work on Science Expo Alberta.